ON THIS DAY, April 30, in 1789, George Washington took the oath of office to become the first President of the young United States of America. On the matter, Washington wrote James Madison the following:
As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent. It is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.”
Peep how the inauguration was portrayed by the TV miniseries John Adams.